It has been widely publicised that the HSE are planning on introducing a revised set of regulations due to come into force as of April 2015. Whilst it is still not 100% defined what the regulations will contain, the consultation document issued mid 2014 gives a good indication as to their intentions and how this will be implemented. More information can be found on the HSE website www.hse.gov.uk
The broad intention of the revision is for the role of the CDM Co-ordinator to be incorporated into the role of a Principal Designer, thus ensuring that Health & Safety consideration is integrated into the overall thought process of the project and design stages.
We recognise that many designers are not willing or interested in taking on these additional duties, which will no doubt cause additional costs and burden on their already significant roles on the project, and as such, may be looking to outsource these additional duties.
Time is ticking for the HSE and the Government to approve these regulations to have any chance of the industry being ready for them to come into force next year.